Sunday, 22 November 2015

Solitary Scrutiny: BPAL Pure Applesauce

Oh Sunday, you're here so soon. That's okay. 

Today I did some chores and made myself a kick-ass pan of macaroni cheese, using half smoked cheddar and half old cheddar. After another slightly discouraging visit to the liquor store (all of my favourite beers are not sold here, it seems), I plan on cracking open a cider, having a bowl of mac and cheese, and watching some Gilmore Girls. Yesterday was also pretty great, as documented on my Instagram: I had poutine at an old fashioned lunchroom, went for a walk on the waterfront, picked up a loaf of bread and an amazing dessert at the German bakery, and put up some Christmas lights. I was a little worried about missing the great food scene in Halifax, and I do, but I've already found some new favourites here. And they were all so good.

Onto the scrutiny!

I've not been really impressed by what I've tried of BPAL in the past, and I tend to think that their catalogue could use some trimming, but when some friends were putting together a group order, I decided to join. I only ended up getting this one, because that US dollar is high right now and it hurts. But Pure Applesauce caught my eye and I fell in love with the idea of it. I am very glad I was able to get it without paying an astronomical shipping price to Canada for it.

Our applesauce is decidedly impure: mashed apples with sugar and honey, slivered with tobacco tar and black tea.

In the bottle, it smells like tart green apples, with a touch of florals. On my skin, the burst of green apples settles down after a few minutes. The honey is fairly prominent on me, but surprisingly, I don't hate it. A perfume with honey that doesn't make me wrinkle my nose? Imagine that. It gets a bit deeper and darker as it dries down, as well as sweeter. It's tart and sweet and black tea and honey. It's complex but light and wearable. This is the first BPAL scent that I'm actually really impressed with - I like the honey! Though in real life, I personally prefer unsweetened applesauce and no extraneous flavours (none of that apple-cinnamon-pear stuff). But this is a very wearable, very lovely interpretation of applesauce. I've had it for over a month now, and have worn several times. I'm in love. 

This one is even still available. You can find it on BPAL's website.

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